How to Start a Trucking Business.

Before forming Trucking Authority Expert, our leadership team accumulated over 40 years of practical experience in the industry, starting, and running trucking businesses.

The #1 question we are asked is “How do I get my authority”?   What people are really asking is “How do I start a trucking company”?

This guide provides an overview of the requirements to become a motor carrier and the tools needed to succeed.

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Steps to start a Trucking Business

1. Develop a business plan

We are in unprecedented times when it comes to the money carriers are making.  But that does not mean you should be going into this business without knowing your income and expenses.

Take the time to create even a basic business plan that will show you how you are going to make money. 

2. How will your business be structured

We are in unprecedented times when it comes to the money carriers are making.  But that does not mean you should be going into this business without knowing your income and expenses.

Take the time to create even a basic business plan that will show you how you are going to make money. 

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3. Begin with initial filings

We are in unprecedented times when it comes to the money carriers are making.  But that does not mean you should be going into this business without knowing your income and expenses.

Take the time to create even a basic business plan that will show you how you are going to make money. 

4. Shop for insurance

We are in unprecedented times when it comes to the money carriers are making.  But that does not mean you should be going into this business without knowing your income and expenses.

Take the time to create even a basic business plan that will show you how you are going to make money. 

It is important to remember that each carrier has different requirements. 

5. Make sure all additional filing requirements are completed

Some filings can’t be made until after your authority is active (for CDL class vehicles).  

Pre-activation filings

  • UCR – Unified Carrier Registration (www.UCR.Gov)
  • BOC-3 – This is required to be filed BEFORE your authority can go active.
  • Drug Testing and Clearinghouse – all drivers of CDL vehicles must participate in a random drug and alcohol testing program, pass a pre-employment drug test, and be checked in the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse.
  • Driver Files – Even if you are the owner of the trucking company, you must complete a DOT compliant application and have a complete driver file.  This includes running an MVR, having a copy of the drivers license, medical card, and running required background checks.  This must be completed BEFORE the driver can be in the truck and within 30 days of being hired.

Once your insurance is filed and your authority goes active

        • IRP – File to open an IRP account
        • IFTA – File for Fuel tax account

        Both of these are required for CDL vehicles if you are going to be crossing State Lines.

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6. Final Steps

Before hitting the road, there are a couple final steps that you need to make sure are completed.

  • ELD – If you are required to use an ELD, make sure you have ordered this a couple weeks before starting.
  • Decal your truck – the FMCSA has definite guidelines on what is required to be on your truck. We would be happy to email this list.  Info@VLocityGroup.com
  • Permit Book – don’t risk getting put out of service or getting an avoidable violation.  Make sure you have the documents in your truck that the FMCSA requires.  Info@VLocityGroup.com for a complete list.

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There is More to Starting Trucking Company than Filing for your Authority.

Let our experts guide you. 
  • Want to do it all yourself?  We have a free class to help you with that.
  • Just want someone to do it all for you?  We can do it from filing to on the road.

Access our Free Recources

Over the years, we have created 100’s of free resources, including our Youtube channel.

We mentor people online, in person, and on the phone.

Now, we are becoming more formal with how we help people seeking to start a trucking company.

  •  Trucking.MBA is an online community that brings together resources, subject matter experts, and courses.

  • Start Your Trucking Company is a free course hosted in Trucking.MBA

  • 1-on-1 Roadmap Calls take a moment to speak with someone who has worked with 1,000’s of carriers over the years and get your personalized “Trucking Company Roadmap” for FREE!!

The 10 Key Questions

What type of truck?

Are you running a dry van with a semi?  1 ton dually with 40′ goose neck? 26k lb GVW box truck?

Your answer here will define a good portion of your path toward starting a compliant trucking company.

What State?

Depending on the type of company you are starting, the state you are based in can have a huge impact on what you need.

Knowing the challenges your state my present in the process helps you plan and implement starting your trucking company.

Intra or Inter?

Are you only working in your state (Intra) or will you cross state lines (Inter).

Several times a month, we work with someone that took advice from people that never asked a single question and applied for Interstate authority when they only needed Intrastate.

CDL or Non-CDL?

Often the type of truck you are running will answer this question.  

CDL holders that give advice often don’t know that non-CDL requirements are different.

What is your business structure?

Several years ago, a truck booking keeping service conducted a study and found that over 87% of carriers set-up as LLC’s did not operate their company properly.

Don’t take business structure advice from someone who doesn’t know your situation.

How long have you had your CDL?

I get calls from people with less than 2 years experience (CDL) wanting to start a trucking company.  It kills me to have to tell them that insurance will be 2-3x more expensive.

The good news is they can take this time to learn, save, and pay down debt.  This will put them in a better position for success when they do get started.

Do  you have equipment?

This is an expectation setting question.  During COVID with chip shortages, large carriers that replaced trucks every 3-years are not getting new trucks.

This results in limited supply of used trucks.

Are you leased to a carrier?

This leads to other questions, plus allows us to discuss the challenges we have experienced around plates and 2290’s.

The mistakes that take place can add $1,000’s to the cost of getting started.  We want to make sure there are no surprises when someone applies for plates or leaves a carrier and finds they can’t take their plates with them.

Do you have your own plates?

Cab card, IRP, Plates – these all mean the same thing, and getting a new IRP account is the most frustrating part of this whole process.

Each state has its own requirements, and it is important to start out knowing what is expected. 

This can save time and money.

Additional state permits

Kentucky, New York, New Mexico, and Oregon all have additional permitting requirements.

It is important that you understand what states you may need and the requirements for each state.

“VLocity Group has helped me through many issues and are the only company I will work with for my safety & compliance."

Paul Stevens – ODB Trucking LLC

"Someone asked me why I selected VLocity to set-up my trucking company. Short answer - it felt right. Lauren & Bill taught me more about what I needed than anyone else - AND NEVER EXPECTED ME TO HIRE THEM. "

Ben T. – Hunting It Down, LLC

"When someone on FB asked who they should call, VLocity came up multiple times. When you talk to them, you will know why."

Haji  – HMS Logistics LLC

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New Authorities

From Alambama to Wyoming – Many states have their own quirks.

From Semi Trucks to Box Trucks – Permits, licensing, and taxes – each weight class has different requirements.

From CDL to Non-CDL – Make sure you are being compliant with the DOT.

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Audits Completed

For carriers that care about safety, the #1 reason for audits is not understanding the regulations.

But many “experts” have never participated in an audit.  

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We moved the TruckingMBA online to expand the number of people we can help.

And we added the “Starting a Trucking Company” course that anyone can participate in for FREE!!